Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be a program in 2021 given the coronavirus pandemic? Will it be in-person or virtual?
As of now, the program is planning for an in-person summer cohort. The program will continue as a virtual program if the University makes a decision to restrict on-campus summer student housing. However, students can stay tuned for updates by checking out the UMSEP website (sph.umich.edu/sep) or following the program's Instagram (@um.sep). When decisions are released in March, students will know officially the format of the program.
When will the UMSEP begin and end?
The program begins on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 and ends on Friday, July 23, 2021. Participants are expected to have full availability during the program dates.
When is the UMSEP deadline?
The program deadline to submit applications for full consideration to the 2021 UMSEP cohort has been extended to Wednesday, February 3 at 11:59pm ET. The original program deadline was Friday, January 29 at 11:59pm ET. However, we have recently received several inquiries from interested students, and want to be sure to thoughtfully and thoroughly respond to each inquiry.
Are the recommendations due at the same time as the UMSEP application?
Yes. A complete program application includes recommendations. We suggest submitting applications as soon as possible and notifying the program of the delay. The program deadline to submit applications for full consideration to the 2021 UMSEP cohort has been extended to Wednesday, February 3 at 11:59pm ET.
How competitive is the UMSEP application process?
The program is highly competitive and seriously considers fit and passion for future careers in health management and policy. We ideally host 20-25 students per year. Student applications go through three review rounds to identify ideal candidates.
What does the UMSEP interview process look like?
If you are selected for the final interview round, program leadership will schedule a virtual interview. The interviews are scheduled for late February and early March.
How much is the program stipend?
The program stipend is $3,000 for participation and completion of the 8-week session.
Is there any assistance for housing, transportation, or food?
When the program is conducted in person, UMSEP will provide housing for students, as well as access to rental cars for transportation to internship sites, program events, and to use for reasonable trips (eg grocery store) throughout the duration of the program. UMSEP also provides a small stipend for food.
What happens after the UMSEP ends?
The program has been very successful supporting student preparation for graduate school and careers in healthcare. We are proud to note that 100% of program alumni are accepted into their top 3 graduate school degree programs within three years of completing our program. Over 90% of program alumni continue on to choose careers in healthcare.
What is the time commitment?
The UMSEP is a full-time commitment for the entire eight-week duration. Participants will work at their internships about 8 hours a day from Monday through Thursday. On Fridays there are required site visits and lectures. The GRE course and group activities occur most weekends.
Can I come to Ann Arbor a few days late?
No. Every day of the program is essential. Some schools on the quarter system have exams after June 1. If you are in that situation, let us know and we will work with your professors to proctor the exam in Ann Arbor so that you do not miss any of the program components.
If I graduate in the Spring of 2021, can I still apply for the program?
No. Students must be continuing as an undergraduate in the Fall of 2021. Graduating in December 2021 is fine.
Do the letters of recommendation have to come from public health professors?
No. The letters of recommendation can come from any professor, employer, or academic advisor.
I missed the deadline. Can I still apply?
Due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to accept late applications.
What is the timeline for admissions?
Applications go through several rounds of review and we do our best to keep everyone informed about their status. Those selected to be interviewed will be notified in early March, and interviews will be conducted on Skype (or in-person for UM students) the following week. All applicants will be notified our our final admission decision by late March.
What if I get into another program and they need a decision sooner than that?
If you are in this situation, please contact us. We may be able to expedite decisions for exceptional candidates.
What if I have a question not answered here?
Please contact us.